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of lightning striking st. peters, the same day the pope announced he will step down. benedict is set for a new name, a new home and a new role. after his unprecedented move. dan harris is live in st. peters square this morning with all of that. dan, good morning to you. >> reporter: elizabeth, good morning to you. here's how the local papers are playing this huge story. this one says, in italian, pope shock. and here's a headline we can all understand in any language, amen. as catholics all over the world absorb this truly stunning news, today, we're starting to get a sense of what may have provoked the pope to make this announcement now. this morning, an italian news agency says the pope had a top-secret operation to replace his pacemark ker at this hospit in rome three months ago. the vatican won't confirm the news. but the paper says the operation went, quote, well. the pope's older brother held a news conference the day the decision was well thought out and nobody pushed his brother out. meanwhile, benedict's surprise decision has provoked vatican intrigue, worthy of a dan brown novel. joc
is expected to be the second most tropical storm. he's pope for two more weeks.but pope benedict celebrated his final public mass today. he got a big welcome from the crowd.and a standing ovation that lasted for minutes. he talked a little more about why he's stepping down -- saying it's for the 'good of the church.' benedict has been increasingly frail and ill. some of the people who were in the audience talked about the experience. this was the scene inside st. peter's cathedral. the 85-year-old pope is retiring february 28th. the college of cardinals is expected to move quickly to choose a new pope. they'll begin the process next month. now for today's market update. now, he has been increasingly frail and ill. some of the people talk to the about the experience. >> it is very emotional. and >> a lot of people wanted to make them feel like we had sympathy. we were on his side, so to speak. season of the 85 year-old pope is retiring february 28th. the college of cardinals is expected to move quickly to choosing appalled. they will begin that process next month to choose a new- pope ... wi
this morning, pope benedict xvi made his first public appearance since announcing he's resigning as head of the catholic church. [ cheers ] >> now, the pope received a standing ovation as he entered a packed capitol celebrate ash wednesday at the vatican. he told the congregation he's stepping down for the good of the church. he cited his frail health. ash wednesday marks the beginning of lent. the catholic church plans to have a new hope in place by easter, the end of lent. >>> well, back here at home, san francisco is selling the naming rights to port properties. it's a fund-raising pitch to help pay for the yacht race. they may be able to sponsor some of the san francisco port properties in order to cover their costs. the city, by the way, is on the hook for as much as $32 million. >>> 7:38. the bay bridge toll authority could approve funding today for a big celebration for the opening of the new eastern span of the new bay bridge. the plan calls for a one-way bridge walk on labor day weekend. there's also talk of a half marathon, fireworks and even a concert. the party would cost $5.
is acknowledging that pope benedict had secret surgery three months ago to replace a battery in his pacemaker. he plans to resign at the end of february. the vatican says that decision is not due to any specific illness but an italian news quotes advisors saying after the recent surgery the potpourri flicted on whether he could continue to lead the roman catholic church. today a vatican spokesman says the pope will have no role in choosing has successor. cardinals have always at least in the last several centuries picked a european priest. but this time, those considered top contenders are from around the world, including canada, ghana and nigeria. other than, more than half of the cardinals who will vote are from europe. so we'll see what happens. >>> 6:07. let's check traffic and weather. >> all about sunshine. a little patchy fog out there this morning but a lot of sunshine coming our way and looks like warmer temperatures are ahead and some of the numbers in the upper socks and maybe even 70s in the latter part of the week, upper socks and maybe eve
more now about what retirement will be like for pope benedict. the soon-to-be retiree will live in a monastery and will likely give up his beloved theological writing because of his frail health. a spokesman revealed benedict has a pacemaker and recently underwent surgery. >> over the past few years, he's certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. not huge things. but a number of smaller ones, which take their toll. >> and still left for the vatican to decide is what exactly the ex-pope will be called. we haven't had an ex-pope in six centuries. >> we have no idea what to do with him. we don't know where to put him. >> it's rare territory for the catholic church. >>> moving on to your wednesday weather. rain and mountain snow in the northwest. snow showers around fargo and the twin cities. morning rain from new orleans to the carolinas and d.c. rain changing over from snow from philly to new york. >> forts from boston to baltimore. 50s from atlanta to dallas and 50s in the pacific northwest. >>> we kn
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